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Steven Bartlett makes US move with Flight Story acquisition


Flight Story has made its first move into the United States, with the acquisition of Mint Performance Marketing in Los Angeles.

The company, which was founded by former Social Chain US CEO, Daniel James has now rebranded to Flight Performance.

Flight Performance will specialise in creative, influencer marketing, paid social, paid search email and SMS. As well as its LA headquarters, it has offices in Manchester, the Philippines and London.

James, a former Account Manager at Myspace and Senior Account Manager at AOL established Mint Performance Marketing in 2019. He was Social Chain’s US CEO for 6 months between October 2022 and March 2023.

He’ll continue to lead Flight Performance.

“I am excited to be working alongside Steven and Oliver on the expansion of Flight Story in the UK and US markets on the newest division, Flight Performance, offering brands effective growth strategies to scale their businesses profitably,” he said.

Oliver Yonchev, CEO and co-founder of Flight Story added:

“We are excited to be welcoming Daniel and the team to the Flight Story family. The business is scaling exponentially and our growth to the US marks an exciting and monumental milestone for the business that will see us gain an advantage to move beyond regions and service global accounts.” 

Flight Story has also announced the appointment of dentsu’s former Global Chief Operating Officer, Neil Gissler as a Non-Executive Director to lead on the agency’s global growth strategy.

“The world is changing at an ever-increasing pace – we’re at the start of a series of new exponential curves that will undoubtedly transform life as we know it – that’s why I’ve founded Flight Story; because we believe that exponential change creates exponential opportunity and we believe we’re uniquely positioned to help the world’s leading brands capitalise on that opportunity,” stated Steven Bartlett, co-founder of Flight Story.

“We’re stepping into the third iteration of the internet as we know it, a more decentralised, immersive, artificially intelligent internet, where new rules apply. With our acquisition of Mint Performance Marketing we’re adding a talented collective of individuals who understand these new rules and how to use them to help disruptive brands achieve their marketing goals.”

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